# A Joyful Exploration of Mathematics and Its Feminine Essence

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## Chapter 1: A Breathless Journey

Oh my! The exhilaration is palpable! What captivates this woman’s mathematical spirit?

Recently, I shared my experiences regarding how men in Australia often approach me, either flirtatiously or with a sense of entitlement to engage in conversation. This behavior seems largely absent among German men, yet occasionally I encounter a refreshing exception. This time, the conversation turned to a topic dear to my heart—mathematics.

And, of course, my admiration for the incomparable Donna Summer, the Disco Queen! But let's save that for later in this piece.

### Seven Strategies to Deter Unwanted Advances

What type of mathematics do women pursue?

I met a young man while visiting Phillip Island, Victoria, who sought my advice on what postgraduate degree might resonate with him. His childlike curiosity, which I believe is vital for any aspiring scientist, was evident. However, I found some of his views rather frustrating. His query, "What kind of mathematics do women study?" prompted my slightly offended reply, "The same as anyone else, you misguided soul." I elaborated further as follows.

### A Child’s Journey of Discovery

I sensed that this young man was more naive than predatory—he appeared genuinely lonely intellectually and shared similar scientific interests as I did at his age. His family viewed his choice of a "useless" career with skepticism, and I could see his yearning to connect and exchange ideas.

After he prepared a delightful Caffè Latte for me, I settled down and took the opportunity to share some insights into the type of mathematical ideas that inspire me, Selena Ballerina. I also mentioned some remarkable women who have shaped the history of mathematics, along with a nod to Donna Summer, who holds a special place in the hearts of many in German-speaking countries.

### The Types of Mathematical Questions That Fascinate Me

While mathematics is often perceived as a purely quantitative discipline, for me, that is absolutely not the case. Mathematics is a qualitative science of exquisite precision, filled with beautiful findings and discoveries woven into intricate webs defined by proof, deduction, and the exploration of sublime structures. Like the great Carl Friedrich Gauß, who regarded her as his Queen—the Queen of Sciences—I, too, find myself inspired by her, especially during challenging times.

In my view, mathematics explores abstract relationships and their meta-relationships. I am grateful to live in an age where powerful computational tools like Mathematica and Sage liberate us from tedious calculations, allowing us to appreciate the elegant patterns and structures that mathematics unveils.

Throughout my career, I have often pondered what I refer to as "mathematical intimacy."

Consider a set of abstract entities that can combine to produce a third entity within the set. Take counting numbers and the operation of addition, for example, where two numbers combine (add) to yield a third.

Crucially, if we include negative numbers, the set remains closed: the operations available do not generate anything new. However, there are imaginative and intricate ways of combining pairs that can be far more complex and beautiful than simple addition—much like the myriad ways one can experience intimacy!

I have become fascinated by questions such as: if new entities are added to the set, does this lead to endless new combinations, or does it eventually stabilize? What is the smallest set that remains closed when new destabilizing elements are introduced?

### A Playful Example from Q-Town

Let’s delve into some concrete examples. You only need a basic understanding of high school math, so don’t fret. If it feels confusing, that just means I need to clarify my explanations!

We start in Q-Town, representing the set of rational numbers or fractions—numbers in the form a / b, where both a and b are integers (whole numbers that can be positive or negative), and b cannot be zero. Importantly, with the operations of addition (+) and multiplication (×), any pair of rational numbers combined with these operations results in another rational number.

Mathematicians refer to such a closed system as a FIELD.

The video "The Art of Life" provides further insights into the beauty and complexity of mathematical relationships.

As we introduce something irrational, like the square root of 2, we can explore what happens when we try to find the smallest field that includes both the rationals and this new addition.

Imagine a vibrant community in Q-Town, where a new, charming individual arrives, sparking excitement and creative expression among its residents. Like libidinous people engaging joyfully, they explore their connections consensually, ultimately expanding their community!

This leads us to the fascinating field extension science, where we explore how new elements interact with an existing field, and uncover the smallest field that encompasses both the newcomers and the original set.

Author’s Note: I embody a blend of both sensuality and asexuality, similar to Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey from “Matilda”—principled, brave, and kind—making it difficult for me to fit neatly into one category. Originating from Berlin, a place where paradoxes thrive, I experience intense crushes and cherish close connections, especially with friends I support in my BDSM role.

### The Donna Summer Theorem

One of my early mathematical passions was the study of functions of a complex variable. Complex analysis provides a fresh perspective on high school concepts of real analysis, unifying them in insightful ways. For a troubled teenager like I was, it offered immense comfort.

Some complex functions misbehave; they might explode to infinity or become indecisive, unable to determine their value. Yet, others, known as entire functions, exhibit no misbehavior at all.

However, just like any free spirit, entire functions must inevitably unleash their wildness in the end. This notion ties back to the Donna Summer Theorem, which suggests that entire functions must exhibit a certain boldness at infinity.

This theorem implies that if an entire function is bounded at infinity, it can only be a constant. The Grand Picard's theorem asserts that such boldness must be of the most extraordinary kind.

Infinity is a thrilling concept, filled with endless possibilities.

The thrilling adventures of entire functions at infinity evoke excitement—imagine the wild parties, the mischievous interactions!

### How Did Q-Town Get Its Name?

Now, don’t ask me why Q-Town is called that; I have no clue! If you pose this question in forums, expect a flood of self-proclaimed experts eager to share their "knowledge." Yet, even the esteemed historian Prof. John Stillwell remains puzzled!

It’s widely accepted that mathematicians began using the letter Q around 1950, but beyond that, we have little certainty.

So, did I convey something about "women in mathematics"? No, I communicated mathematics in general. I believe my young friend found our discussion enlightening, especially regarding the implications of his question about the type of mathematics women study.

I tend to hold a strong Platonic view of mathematics, seeing it as a universal truth beyond human experience. The notion of "women's mathematics" seems absurd and deeply sexist to me. A theorem holds true irrespective of who proves it.

I cherish the humility that science offers, and the perspective that humans are not the center of existence. This helps me ponder how an alien might perceive our world.

In our conversation, I encouraged my young friend to embrace the beauty of the natural world, with or without human intervention.

Dedication: To Prof. John Stillwell and Donna Summer—both of whom brought wonder into my life during my formative years.

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